The chestnut tree belongs to the same family as beeches and oaks. For thousands of years the chestnut was a primary source of nutrition in the mountainous areas of the Mediterranean where grains did not grow well.
The primary honey producer, the sweet chestnut tree (Castanea sativa) is common in Europe as well as in Albania.
Chestnut honey has a strong aromatic taste and a slightly bitter after taste. Rich in pollen content, mineral salts and tannin, with a high proportion of fructose that resists crystallization and a relatively low acidity. Dark in color, ranging from yellowish brown to almost black, sometimes with amber hues, it has an aromatic, pungent herbal aroma and taste and slightly tannic (due to the tannin in the tree). The flavor is unique, not very sweet and with an almost bitter aftertaste and very persistent, highly appreciated by those who like a strong, less sweet honey.
Rich in trace minerals and iron, vitamins B and C, Chestnut Honey strengthens muscles, blood circulation, regulating, liver and stomach, relieving fatigue, strengthens the immune system.
Chestnut Honey brings positive effects to the respiratory and digestive systems.
Chestnut honey has been shown to be a particularly good source of potassium, calcium, and manganese. It has also been shown to contain more minerals than many other honeys.
Main sources of chestnut honey in the world in alphabetical order list Albania, China, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, France; followed by secondary sources like Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece.
Exceptionally Strong Antioxidant Properties
In several studies comparing the antioxidant capacity of different types of honey, chestnut honey has come out on top. This dark-colored honey has also been shown to contain exceptionally high levels of phenolic acids, compounds that are likely responsible for much of its extraordinary antioxidant capacity.
Chestnut Honey's Proven Anti-Bacterial Properties
Honey is well known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, but some honeys, including chestnut honey, carry out their anti-bacterial activities better than others. A group of researchers from Spain found that chestnut honey had strong antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli; the other tested honeys had no activity against S. aureus and only weak activity against E. coli.
The somewhat bitter flavor of chestnut honey makes this dark-colored honey ideal for all sorts of savory dishes. If you like its intense flavor, you can also spread it on toasted bread or use it as a healthy, natural sweetener in tea.
High amounts of antioxidants help in removal of free radicals and thereby protect the body from aging affects. Hence, regular consumption of Italian honeys help to look young.
Antibacterial action of this honey makes it ideal for treating acne. Use the honey directly as a facemask or mix it with oat meal to reduce inflammation and for exfoliation of the skin./AgroWeb.org